An electing subdivision may accept a conveyance in lieu of foreclosure of delinquent land from the owners thereof. Such conveyance may only be accepted with the consent of the county auditor acting as the agent of the state pursuant to section 5721.09 of the Revised Code. If an electing subdivision or county land reutilization corporation certifies to the auditor in writing that the delinquent land is abandoned land as defined in section 323.65 of the Revised Code, the auditor shall consent to the conveyance. If the electing subdivision or county land reutilization corporation does not certify to the auditor in writing that the delinquent land is abandoned land, the auditor may consent to the conveyance for any reason authorized in this chapter. The owners or the electing municipal corporation or township shall pay all expenses incurred by the county in connection with any foreclosure or foreclosure and forfeiture proceeding filed pursuant to section 323.25, sections 323.65 to 323.79, or section 5721.18 or 5721.14 of the Revised Code relative to such land. When the electing subdivision is the county or county land reutilization corporation acting on behalf of a county, it may require the owner to pay the expenses. The owner shall present the electing subdivision with evidence satisfactory to the subdivision that it will obtain by such conveyance fee simple title to such delinquent land. Unless otherwise agreed to by the electing subdivision accepting the conveyance, the title shall be free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, except such easements and covenants of record running with the land as were created prior to the time of the conveyance and delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges, and taxes and special assessments that are a lien on the real property at the time of the conveyance. Any costs, charges, or liens that have been assessed, certified, or placed under section 715.261, 743.04, or 6119.06 of the Revised Code with respect to real property acquired by or transferred to a county land reutilization corporation under this section shall, at the time of the conveyance to the corporation, be extinguished and of no force and effect as against the corporation, its successors, or its assignees, provided that the lien is for charges or costs that were incurred before the date of transfer to the corporation and that were not incurred by the corporation.
Real property acquired by an electing subdivision under this section shall not be subject to foreclosure or forfeiture under Chapter 5721. or 5723. of the Revised Code. The sale or other transfer, as authorized by section 5722.07 of the Revised Code, of real property acquired under this section shall extinguish the lien on the title for all taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, and charges delinquent at the time of the conveyance of the delinquent land to the electing subdivision.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 172, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.
Effective Date: 04-05-1991; 2008 SB353 04-07-2009